An amateur hip hop artist who befriended two young girls on social media and kept them out all night has been jailed, a British newspaper reported.
Twenty eight old Charnjit Singh was said to have naively enjoyed the company of the girls, who were 11 and 13, as they listened to music in his car, ate takeaway food and fell asleep. He pleaded guilty to two counts of child abduction, between May 31 and June 1.
Leicester Crown Court was told that nothing sexual happened with either girl – but the judge said Singh may have been grooming them for future misconduct, reported Leicester Mercury.
Phillip Plant, prosecuting, said the two young friends were supposed to have been staying overnight at one of their homes, with a grandmother babysitting, while the mother was working a night shift.
When the mother arrived home in the city, at 1.45am, to find the girls were missing, she alerted the police. The families of both children were frantic with worry until the defendant delivered them back to the Leicester address at 8am.
Singh of Wavertree Drive, Belgrave, Leicester, was said to have encouraged the two victims to meet him through the social media app, Instagram.
He was jailed for a total of two and a half years. Charnjit was placed on a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, the report added.
Sentencing, Judge Robert Brown said he accepted there was no suggestion Charnjit had indecently touched either girl or said anything in messages suggesting there was any sexual intent.
He pointed out that Singh was 17 years older than the youngest child and said: “This case raises obvious concern that you had a sexual motive from abducting these two young girls.”
Judge Brown added: “This defendant is a self-styled hip hop musician and uploaded a video to YouTube.”
The eldest child began following Singh on Instagram and they had been in contact for about 11 weeks prior to the abduction. He said it was clear she had “a crush” on Singh and both girls liked his music.
“You were befriending them and gaining their trust in the hope they would become closer … and it would have led to some form of abuse but I can’t say exactly what.”
The judge said he accepted the defendant was remorseful and took into account he was a carer for his parents and also assisted at his local temple.”
In addition, Singh pleaded guilty to twice breaching a restraining order, by contacting an ex-partner, whom he began a relationship with when she was just 15 and he was 24. He was also placed on a restraining order banning him from any future contact with the woman, now aged 19, for an unlimited period, the report added.
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